One of the worlds most popular and influential Heavy Metal bands – Judas Priest are set to rock the UK to it's very core when they bring their ‘Priest Feast' tour to play 7 arena dates in February 2009 with support from special guests – Thrash Metal veterans Megadeth and Testament. Since 1974, Judas Priest has been one of heavy metal's most successful bands, issuing such all-time classic albums as 1980's ‘British Steel,' 1982's ‘Screaming for Vengeance,' and 1990's ‘Painkiller,' and such arena-rocking anthems as "Breaking the Law," "Living After Midnight," and "You've Got Another Thing Comin'." However, Priest's influence goes far beyond their music - they were the first metal band to embrace the ‘leather biker look,' a fashion that has since become synonymous with the musical genre. Additionally, Halford's powerful four-and-a-half octave vocal range and the twin guitar harmonies of Downing and Tipton have been ‘studied' by countless metal bands in Priest's wake. Think ‘Double vinyl, gatefold sleeve concept album,' and some of rock's all-time classic recordings come to mind. But in the realm of heavy metal, there has never been a double vinyl (now disc!) concept album that has managed to balance a thought-provoking storyline with metallic thunder. That was, until now. Metal legends JUDAS PRIEST released their sprawling double disc concept album, ‘Nostradamus' via Columbia Records on Monday, June 16th in the UK/Europe, and a day later in the US on Epic Records. ‘PRIEST FEAST' JUDAS PRIEST With Very Special Guests Megadeth and Testament February Friday 13 Sheffield Arena Saturday 14 Birmingham LG Arena Monday 16 Glasgow SECC Hall 4 Tuesday 17 Manchester MEN Arena Wednesday 18 Nottingham Arena Friday 20 Cardiff International Arena Saturday 21 Wembley Arena
Name any current heavy metal band, and they've knowingly or unknowingly borrowed a thing or two from Judas Priest. Having sold millions of albums (including such classics as 'British Steel,''Screaming for Vengeance,' and 'Painkiller'), scored many radio standards ("Breaking the Law," "Living After Midnight," and "You've Got Another Thing Comin'"), and staged numerous sold out tours for decades by this point, you'd think that Judas Priest has accomplished just about everything within the rock stratosphere. But 2008 has seen several firsts for the band - their first-ever concept album (and highest U.S. charting album of their entire career), 'Nostradamus,' as well as their first-ever late night U.S. television performance, on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live,' which will see Priest play a free outdoor 5 song mini-concert on Tuesday, September 2nd, at 6:15pm in Los Angeles, California. To get your free tickets, visit www.1iota.com for more information. Everyone must be at least 16 years old with a valid ID, and no knapsacks or bags of any kind will be allowed at the outdoor performance (all of this information and more is included when they get tickets). Come witness this sure-to-be unforgettable union of the metal gods and the late night TV god!